Sunday 17 December 2017

Manchester United plotting move for £27million French forward

Samuel Stevens

Manchester United are reportedly plotting a £27m move for Rennes forward Ousmane Dembélé but four other Premier League clubs have also been spotted scouting the 18-year-old.

Arsenal, West Ham, Southampton and Stoke City all sent scouts to watch the young Frenchman in action against Lyon on Sunday night after he scored nine goals in his breakthrough season.

It is reported by the Daily Mail that Barcelona, the favourites to secure his signature, and Bayern Munich also had staff in attendance as Dembélé set-up the first goal of a thrilling 2-2 draw.

France coach Didier Deschamps said: “People have talked about him to me for two years. We'll say that he should be left in peace. Before his hat-trick [against Nantes], he did other things.

“He's quick, he has two feet, he can play in three positions in attack, and he's only going to improve. It is too early? It all depends on the competition, but obviously I'm watching him.”

Juventus, Atletico Madrid, AC Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, Cologne, Espanyol, Malaga, Fiorentina, Celta Vigo, Lorient and Nantes are also said to have been in the stands at Roazhon Park.

(© Independent News Service)

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